Large Diameter Tools with Bar Tool Holders

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Large Diameter Tools with Bar Tool Holders

Postby Chris Robinson » Mon, Dec 15 2008, 8:24AM

Hey Everyone,

For those of you raising center panels on your Thermwood, which brand of cutters are you using that work with the side entry bar style tool holders? I was looking at the Amana #RC-4003 but it's overall diameter is 4.409" which means it will hit the vertical bar as it's inserted into the tool holder.

I need a slant profile with a 15degree angle, if you happen to know of a manufacturer that offers a tool with a smaller diameter.

If I could put a spacer between the plastic tool holder and the vertical bar, I could gain clearance. What have you guys & girls done?

Thanks,

Chris Robinson
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Unique Building Supplies
320 Perry Lane Rd
Brunswick, GA 31525
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Re: Large Diameter Tools with Bar Tool Holders

Postby Damon Nabors » Mon, Dec 15 2008, 9:48AM

Chris,

You will probably get more response from the Thermwood Forum.
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Re: Large Diameter Tools with Bar Tool Holders

Postby Forrest Chapman » Mon, Dec 15 2008, 4:26PM

Chris,

Do I see that you are in Brunswick GA now?

Your offsets for loading and unloading a tool can probably be changed. If I remember correct you had a 5' wide machine which means you should have the side clearance you need.

I would ask Thermwood about that senario.

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Re: Large Diameter Tools with Bar Tool Holders

Postby Chris Robinson » Tue, Dec 16 2008, 10:28AM

Forrest, yep, I'm in GA now! Beaches, sun, warm weather! Jim Williams, Unique Building Supplies bought my machine and hired me on as the GM. The market in VA completely dried up.

I found out from programming that the yaxis distance the machine moves to insert the tool and the raise z-axis after picking up the tool is hardcoded into the plc. So, it appears to be impracticle to change it. Looks like the only solution is to do a manual tool change when ever we want to use a larger diameter tool.

Forrest, are you making raised center panels on your machine? If so, what cutter are you using?

Thanks,

Chris


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